Burma Times Correspondent: June 22, 2015
Around 132 Rohingya refugees acting for witnesses in trafficking cases have been moved to a discreet location after it became known that traffickers are threatening to kill them.
Last week, many witnesses of trafficking cases who worked with the Thailand government received death threats in person. Traffickers have told them that the current situation will change and soon this story will be forgotten. But the witnesses will not be forgotten and they will be killed along with their families, threatened traffickers.
Witnesses who helped Thai police in an eventful month of May were dumbfounded by the threats as they thought their identities were discreet. They complained to Thai police in this regard and were assured of their safety. Few have complete confident in this assurance.
Trafficking in the region is a multi million business involving criminals from all communities and many are incredibly influential. As a result, there are fears on the safety of witnesses.
At the same time, survivors have pointed out many trafficking sites that might hold mass graves. They say the Thai police have been notified about these sites but they are yet to take any action. These sites lie in the jungle but are easily accessible for anyone wishing to find out. Although Thai authorities maintain a strict presence in the vicinity, they have not notified the media about any mass graves in the region.
Survivors talk specifically about a mass grave site near the town of Padang Besar.
Witnesses meanwhile talked about another disturbing trend in which some Rohingyas had their body parts e.g. kidneys, livers and eyes cut out. Organs of the victims, if they come up with a match are worth considerably more than the ransom money. See http://burmatimes.net/traffickers-took-body-parts-from-migrants/